Anime / The Brave Express Might Gaine

Brave Express Might Gaine was the fourth Brave Series installment produced by Sunrise. Might Gaine aired in Japan in 1993, with a total of 47 episodes. Unlike prior shows in the Brave Series, the robots were created by humans, as opposed to having more extraterrestrial or supernatural origins.

Might Gaine is set in the near future, when the world's reserves of fossil fuel have nearly run out; cars are powered with recharageable electric batteries, and long distance trade is handled by surface ships such as trains. Also made possible are the construction of powerful mecha, some of which are used for criminal ends.

Opposing them is the Brave Express Team, lead by by the teenage industrialist Might Senpuuji. Given life by an advanced AI program, he is assisted by his own team of transforming mecha. The episodes are fairly stand-alone for the first part of the series; it isn't until Might's rival, Joe, shows up that there is really any connecting thread between the episodes. The main enemy isn't even hinted at until further on.

Best known as the other Brave Series entry with Nobuyuki Hiyama voicing the lead character.

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Tropes used for this series:

  • Always in Class One: Might and Hamada are freshmens of the same high school, and enrolled together in Class 1-A.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account / Mega Corp.: The Senpuuji Concern.
  • Calling Your Attacks: GAINE SHOT! ICHIMONJI-GIRI!
  • Cool Train: MIGHT GAINEEEEE! Also, the Bombers and the Divers. Oh, and Might Gunner and Might Kaiser.
    • To explain just how much Cool Train the Brave Express team is packing: Might Gaine is comprised of 3 trains, 2 of which can be stored within the larger. Might Kaiser and Might Gunner are 1 each. The Bombers and Divers are 4 trains each, which can combine into 2 larger trains. That's thirteen trains total, capable of combining into five larger ones. Oh, and those 5 can lock together to pull off their ultimate Finishing Move: Joint Dragon Fire. (Yes, their ultimate attack involves the opponent getting run over by thirteen Cool Trains.)
  • Combining Mecha: Duh.
  • Cowboy Episode: In episode 13, Might received a case to take out bad guys located within a western theme park in The United States, which he stayed a bit longer afterwards sporting a full Cowboy gear to enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Fate Drives Us Together: Our commoner heroine, Sally Yoshinaga being from a low-income family technically would never have any chance to cross paths with the high-and-above all Might Senpuuji. But her courageous confrontation with an enemy one night changes the gears for her, as Might would take her to safety. Ever since that night, due to her Running Gag of switching jobs and engulfed in-between battles, Sally and Might get to know each other little-by-little during each encounter. Eventually, the two fall in love.
  • Humongous Mecha: Great Might Gaine.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Infamously deconstructed by way of Writer Revolt. When the writers were on the outs with the merchandisers, the protagonists discovered that their entire world was created by a malevolent alien toy company to serve as a commercial for their toys. Cue epic battle to control their own fates.
  • Primary-Color Champion:
    • Might Gaine
    • Might's battle uniform are composed with dark, teal blue inner garments note  and a bright red vest. With his hair color as a bonus.
  • Railroad Employee Roundhouse: Since the story revolves around the planet's largest railroad company, expect various employees of the Senpuuji Concern pop up for time to time.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Guard Diver is destroyed, Might and Might Gaine go on one of these against Purple. Battle Bomber is then destroyed. Maito and Great Might Gaine respond by bisecting the robot that did it, then killing Purple by blowing his battleship and army into oblivion with the Perfect Cannon. This probably extends to Exeve and Black Noir as well.
  • Shout-Out: A little boy from a ridiculously wealthy family witnessed his parents' death at a young age, brought up by his butler, swears to fight to protect his city in the name of justice and revenge on whoever plotted his parents' death, and so, teamed up with his butler in using his mansion to build machines to fight against their enemies, does that even freaking remind you of somebody?
    • Word of God confirms Might's surname and the name of Might Gaine were based on the 1959-60s Japanese movie series Ginza Senpuuji (The Whirlwind Kid of Ginza).
    • In the episode featuring the Evil Twin, Black Might Gaine, its transformation sequence finishes off with the villain docking with it a la Mazinger Z.
    • Targeting method and working of internal mechanisms of Perfect Cannon show it to be not just a Wave Motion Gun but The Wave Motion Gun.
    • The jewel thief Pink Cat has, at least once, used the alias "Marilyn Monroe".
    • Of all things, Sonic the Hedgehog makes a cameo in episode 19 as a key chain figurine.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever Might Gaine is about to commence asskicking, an instrumental version of the opening, Arashi no Hero, starts up.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: One villain managed to succeed to prevent the combination of the individual Braves using the robots Raijin and Jinrai, by firing an anti-combine magnet from the base and having Raijin and Jinrai surround it to disrupt the combination. Luckily Might Gunner ended it by firing at the ship's antenna which provided the anti-combination mechanism, and the villain gets it. See Cool Train above on how the good guys payed him back.
  • Transformation Name Announcement
    Might Gaine: "Carrying hopes on silver wings, this green light glows for peace! The Brave Express Might Gaine, arriving right on time!"
  • Transforming Mecha: Do we really have to say it?
  • Truman Show Plot
  • The Worf Effect: Gaine is a pretty effective combatant in the first episode... and then after that he starts getting kicked around, having to hold out until the Locomoriser shows up to form Might Gaine. The same could be said for both Guard Diver and Tri-Bomber/Battle Bomber as well.